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Jul 16 2017

Formula One 2017: Silverstone

You may only have until 2019 to enjoy the big muddy. Silverstone has activated its option to stop hosting Formula One which is in my opinion a big mistake. It may be true enough that the economics are impossible for the track ownership and it is for sure that none of the spectators are inclined to pay more for tickets to what is a dusty heat blasted pit when it’s not a boot sucking swamp.

And it may be that Liberty Media, the new owners of Formula One, are more inclined than the unlamented skinflint asshole Bernie Ecclestone to cut a deal, but it is equally true that Silverstone is already subsidized.

The problem for Formula One and the British Grand Prix is that there’s no other site to host it. Sure London gets bandied about but that’s no more possible than running up Riverside Drive and down the FDR, a traffic nightmare of epic proportions.

Probably this is hard bargaining of the Brexit type.

Making an appearance in Practice this week is another design for the ugly and stunningly ineffective windscreen which is scientifically proven to be totally useless in the two examples of accidents cited to justify its necessity, the Massa spring incident (nice by the way to see that he’s competitive and regularly scoring points again) and Jules Bianchi’s fatality at Suzuka (if you drive under a crane at 200 mph a plastic windscreen isn’t going to save you any more than an M1 Abrams would). What was demonstrated by the cockpit cameras is how much visual distortion is introduced, with drivers barely able to see all the way to the end of a straight.

This is the week Bottas has gearbox problems and a 5 grid penalty. Ricciardo had mechanical problems in Qualifying and starts dead last. Raikkonen and Vettel eat Hamilton’s dust at the start.

In keeping with its reputation, Silverstone was wet for Qualifying though most teams attempted it on the Super Softs. If there is sufficient damp at the start to build enough margin for a pit stop using Intermediates before they turn to dust at least some teams will attempt it to free themselves from tire restrictions. The alternate dry compounds are Soft and Medium.

Coverage starts at 7:30 am ET on CNBC

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  1. ek hornbeck

    Vent Hole

  2. ek hornbeck

    Your half hour of hype

  3. ek hornbeck

    Track looks dry

  4. ek hornbeck

    Second formation lap after Palmer retirement. Hydraulics

  5. ek hornbeck

    We race

  6. ek hornbeck

    Sainz stopped

  7. ek hornbeck

    Kvyat pits

  8. ek hornbeck

    Sainz Kvyat collision

  9. ek hornbeck

    Safety Car out

  10. ek hornbeck

    Werhlein pits

  11. ek hornbeck

    Safety Car in

  12. ek hornbeck

    Lap 5 of 51

    Hamilton
    Raikkonen
    Verstappen
    Vettel
    Hulkenberg
    Bottas
    Ocon
    Perez
    Vandoorne
    Massa

  13. ek hornbeck

    Kvyat drive through penalty, entering unsafely after collision

  14. ek hornbeck

    Lap 10 of 51

    Hamilton
    Raikkonen
    Verstappen
    Vettel
    Bottas
    Hulkenberg
    Ocon
    Perez
    Vandoorne
    Massa

  15. ek hornbeck

    Lap 15 of 51

    Hamilton
    Raikkonen
    Verstappen
    Vettel
    Bottas
    Hulkenberg
    Ocon
    Perez
    Vandoorne
    Massa

  16. ek hornbeck

    Lap 20 of 51

    Hamilton
    Raikkonen
    Bottas
    Hulkenberg
    Vettel
    Verstappen
    Perez
    Vandoorne
    Ricciardo
    Massa

  17. ek hornbeck

    Alonso pits

  18. ek hornbeck

    Perez an Grosjean pit

  19. ek hornbeck

    Raikkonen pits

  20. ek hornbeck

    Hulkenberg pits

  21. ek hornbeck

    Hamilton pits

  22. ek hornbeck

    Lap 25 of 51

    Hamilton
    Bottas
    Raikkonen
    Vettel
    Verstappen
    Ricciardo
    Vandoorne
    Hulkenberg
    Magnussen
    Ocon

  23. ek hornbeck

    Massa pits

  24. ek hornbeck

    Vandoorne pits

  25. ek hornbeck

    Ericsson pits

  26. ek hornbeck

    Lap 30 of 51

    Hamilton
    Bottas
    Raikkonen
    Vettel
    Verstappen
    Ricciardo
    Hulkenberg
    Magnussen
    Ocon
    Perez

  27. ek hornbeck

    Wehrlein and Bottas pit

  28. ek hornbeck

    Ricciardo pits

  29. ek hornbeck

    Alonso stops

  30. ek hornbeck

    Lap 35 of 51

    Hamilton
    Raikkonen
    Vettel
    Bottas
    Verstappen
    Hulkenberg
    Ricciardo
    Magnussen
    Ocon
    Perez

  31. ek hornbeck

    Magnussen pits

  32. ek hornbeck

    Lap 40 of 51

    Hamilton
    Raikkonen
    Vettel
    Bottas
    Verstappen
    Hulkenberg
    Ricciardo
    Ocon
    Perez
    Massa

  33. ek hornbeck

    Bottas passes Vettel

  34. ek hornbeck

    Grosjean pits

  35. ek hornbeck

    Lap 45 of 51

    Hamilton
    Raikkonen
    Bottas
    Vettel
    Verstappen
    Hulkenberg
    Ricciardo
    Ocon
    Perez
    Massa

  36. ek hornbeck

    Verstappen pits

  37. ek hornbeck

    Raikkonen tire trouble

  38. ek hornbeck

    Lap 50 of 51 Hamilton

    Bottas
    Raikkonen
    Verstappen
    Vettel
    Ricciardo
    Hulkenberg
    Vettel
    Ocon
    Perez
    Massa

  39. ek hornbeck

    Vettel has the same tire trouble as Raikkonen

  40. ek hornbeck

    Final

    Hamilton
    Bottas
    Raikkonen
    Verstappen
    Ricciardo
    Hulkenberg
    Vettel
    Ocon
    Perez
    Massa

  41. ek hornbeck

    Bad loss for Vettel and Ferrari. Vettel now just a single point ahead of Hamilton.

  42. ek hornbeck

    Ferrari. Left front, both cars.

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